From Aileen B. Flores of the El Paso Times:
About 30 people shouted, “No SB 4, no SB 4,” as they gathered Friday morning in front of Bowie High School to launch the TogetherJuntos Caravan, which will travel across Texas to educate immigrants about their constitutional rights in the United States.
The caravan, led by the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso and other pro-immigrant groups, is an effort to resist the enactment of Senate Bill 4, the so-called “show me your papers” or sanctuary cities law, that was upheld by a federal appeals court in March.
SB 4 requires local police to cooperate with federal immigration agents' "detainers," or requests to hold suspects who might be subject to deportation, and allows local authorities to ask people they've detained, including during routine traffic stops, about their immigration status.
“This is terrible. This comes at a time when there is a climate of persecution against immigrants, when our communities are being criminalized, at a time when 'Dreamers' are being denied the opportunity to stay in this country,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights. “In addition, local police are being asked to persecute immigrant families when they are supposed to protect them.” Continue reading